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USPS honors the King of Rock and Roll

The new Music icons: Elvis Presley stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley.

The Postal Service will sell a music CD that includes a never-released song by the King of Rock and Roll, in conjunction with the Aug. 12 dedication of the Music Icons: Elvis Presley stamp.

The stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer, while the square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve.

Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan at Graceland in Memphis, TN, to dedicate the stamp as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration.

The Elvis Forever CD will be available online and in select Post Offices for $9.99 beginning Aug. 12. Customers can pre-order the CD. It features 18 Presley hits including a new version of Presley’s “If I Can Dream.” The never-released, re-mastered song was selected from a new album coming this fall.

The Presley stamp is the latest addition to the Postal Service’s Music Icon series. Launched in 2013, the series has featured Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum calls that stamp the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.

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